Why I Added Research,Writing, and Presentation to My Math Class

Why I Added Research,Writing, and Presentation to My Math Class

By Rachel Chase
Mathematics Department
Delaware Technical Community College
George Campus

After attending an undergraduate research conference, I was inspired to implement a research driven assignment into the statistics courses I teach. Over the last few semesters of trials and tribulations, I have learned much about what works and what doesn’t. Continue reading

Let the Students Teach

Let the Students Teach

By John Burbage
Bio/Chem Department
Delaware Technical Community College
Stanton Campus

If you have ever taught a class in an accelerated format, you know how hard it can be to keep the student’s attention for three, four, or even 5 hours. To keep the students engaged, I like to include a project that requires the students to become the teachers. Let me share with you an example that I have used in a five hour Environmental Science class. Continue reading

After the Flip: What to Do With All That Extra Class Time

After the Flip: What to Do With All That Extra Class Time

By Kate Lind
Nursing Department
Delaware Technical Community College
Owens Campus

After teaching in the K-12 sector of education, I was initially shocked at how difficult it was to involve active learning at the collegiate level.

At the high school level, I developed a Medical Program, using Learning Focused Strategies (LFS) as the delivery system. This meant concept mapping to encourage students to make connections and understand vocabulary, activities to break-up the monotony of a block class, and many formative assessments to ensure students were doing more than treading water.

Coming into higher education was eye opening, but I discovered we are teaching such heavy content that we have to find a delicate balance of creating a foundation with information and engaging learners in various ways. Continue reading

What’s the Big Idea?

What’s the Big Idea?

By Holly Hermstedt
Education Department
Delaware Technical Community College
Stanton Campus

Personally, I love reading research in my field.  I enjoy knowing what’s new and what’s working best, and digging into a journal article is fun for me.

For my students?  Not so much. Continue reading

4 Squares and a Diamond: Using Graphic Organizers for Engineering

4 Squares and a Diamond: Using Graphic Organizers for Engineering

By Diane Calloway
Environment/Civil Engineering
Delaware Technical Community College
Owens Campus

It started with Traverse Calculations and Coordinate Geometry in my Surveying Principles class. The students were having difficulty with the flow of the calculations, so I told them to take out a sheet of blank paper.

The looks they gave were entertaining. 

I could read worry in the eyes of some: Is she going to give us a quiz?

…excitement in others: This is new…wonder what she’s going to make us do.

…and bewilderment too: What on earth, paper? I thought all the notes were on Blackboard! Continue reading

Paper or Plastic?

By Justin Strader
Automotive Department
Delaware Technical Community College
Owens Campus

Paper or Plastic?

Analog or Digital?

What does the future hold?

Justin, what the heck are you talking about? Good question. Well, I’m not really talking about grocery bags or electrical signal patterns. I’m talking about test taking believe it or not Continue reading

Forward Thinking for the Over Fifties Like Me

By Stephen Taylor
Science Department
Delaware Technical Community College
George Campus

Do you think that teaching is all about standing at the front of a class telling them how it is?

Do your technical skills stop with working an Elmo projector or a Betamax video?

Do you have gray hairs – come on really do you (salt and pepper counts too)?

I’m not saying that you’re old or behind the times, but, come on – a Betamax!

This little article is your path to eternal youth, well almost. I’m going to tell you all about something called Quizlet. Continue reading

Captivating the 21st Century Learners

Captivating the 21st Century Learners

By Jason Silverstein
CIS Department
Delaware Technical Community College
George Campus

In my educational career I have been enlightened on how education is perceived in comparison to how an effective educator engages their students. Many educators teach with the philosophy if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. We are in a different day and age than we were in even 5 years ago let alone the days 20 – 30 years ago of good old skill and drill. Continue reading

Are you Principal Joe Clark or Professor John Keating?

Are you Principal Joe Clark or Professor John Keating?

By Denise DeVary
Paralegal Studies
Delaware Technical Community College
Owens Campus

Ah, the ‘80s – arguably the best decade to be a kid.

Not only was the style so fashion forward (okay – maybe not), but there is no mistaking that the best movies of all time came from that wonderful decade.  Films like The Goonies, Karate Kid, Back to the Future, and Gremlins kept us going to the movies every weekend.   Who can forget the “Brat Pack” who dominated the screen with teenage angst.

As a teenager in the late 1980s, these movies were a rite of passage.  Then, there were the compelling stories about special teachers who forever changed the lives of students.  Never in a million years did I ever think that I would learn anything from them at that time, let alone 27 years later. Continue reading

Feedback Quizzes Turn Zeros to Heroes

Feedback Quizzes Turn Zeros to Heroes

By Margie DiPasqua
Math Department
Delaware Technical Community College
Stanton Campus

I thought teaching a certain chapter in my math class had gone really well. My students paid attention to the lectures, did reasonably well on group activities in class, and generally acted like they knew what was going on, even if they waited until the last minute to do homework.

Then test day came.  Continue reading